Africa check, a project of the AFP, invites Journalists from Africa to send in entries for the African Fact-Checking Awards 2015 for reporters from an Africa-based media organisation whose reports or  or broadcast exposed a claim from a public figure or institution to be misleading or wrong.

The African Fact-Checking Awards are in their second year — the only awards that honour journalism by media based in Africa that exposes misleading claims made by public figures and institutions.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Africa in November. The organisers of this award are Africa Check and the AFP Foundation, the non-profit media training arm of the Paris-based AFP agency.

The awards are operated in partnership with the African Media Initiative, the largest media industry body on the continent. Funding for the prizes has come from the AFP Foundation, the Shuttleworth Foundation and Africa Check.

Worth of Award

  • A winner and two runners-up will be selected, and announced at an event in Africa in November.
  • The winner will receive a cash prize of €2000 and the two runners-up a prize of €1000 each.

Eligibility

  • To be eligible, the entries must be original pieces of fact-checking journalism first published or broadcast between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, by a media house based in Africa.
  • The work may be published in print or online, broadcast on the radio or television or published in a blog.
  • The work may have been published or broadcast in any language but, to be eligible for the competition, an accurate translation into either French or English must be made available to the judges.
  • Current staff of the AFP news agency or Africa Check are not eligible for the competition.

The judging process

A six-member jury of eminent journalists from Europe and Africa will be formed in June.

The entries for the competition will all be judged on the following four criteria.

  • The significance for wider society of the claim investigated
  • How the claim was tested against the available evidence
  • How well the piece presented the evidence for and against the claim
  • The impact that the publication had on public debate on the topic

Deadline: All entries sent into the competition before midnight on 31 August 2015 will be sifted to produce a short-list to go to the judges. The decisions of the judges are final.

Click here for more details and to apply